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Introduction to Public Health


This course is designed to promote the application of public health sciences to a wide range of common problems and issues. It will portray the philosophy, history, underlying principles of public health, methods used in the assessment of public health problems, and current solutions to these problems. Objectives of the course are directed towards the basic knowledge of the New Public Health to understand and adopt the core public health competences and essential public health skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate a range of public health definitions and their relative advantages
  2. Explain the phases in the development of this discipline and make a difference between traditional and New Public Health
  3. Assess the benefit of a framework for essential public health functions
  4. Recognize the basic fields of public health research together with quantitative and qualitative methods used in the investigation of public health problems
  5. Analyze the comprehensive system of public health within the current threats and challenges at national and regional level

Course Outline

  1. Definitions and principles of public health
  2. History and phases of public health practice, especially the New Public Health
  3. Achievements of public health
  4. Essential public health functions and services
  5. Public health competences
  6. Regional challenges of public health
  7. Methodological approaches in public health
  8. Principles and limitations of evidence-based public health action
  9. Health systems reforms
  10. Principles of the assessment of the health status of populations
  11. The right to health and population health ethics
  12. Public health law
  13. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
  14. Main areas of public health research

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.